The Lady Bird Diaries

In Conversation

  • Andrés Cediel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and professor of visual journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Shortly after the swearing in of President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson’s press secretary, Liz Carpenter, gave the newly appointed first lady a reel-to-reel tape recorder, encouraging her to document her White House experience. Gleaned from the resulting 123 hours of thoughtful and candid audio, and combined with film, photographs, animation, and recordings of LBJ’s White House phone calls, The Lady Bird Diaries offers a fascinating perspective on a momentous period in US history. “Porter’s sympathetic and involving documentary furthers the argument that Lady Bird made the most of a vaguely defined role, embarking on advocacy projects that were ahead of their time while providing crucial support and counsel to LBJ” (Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter).

Kate MacKay
  • Dawn Porter
Based On
  • Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight by Julia Sweig

Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 100 mins

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